NSPCC – Preventing Child Abuse
MTB Solicitors nominated NSPCC as its charity for 2019. The NSPCC website www.nspcc.org.uk states that one in five children in the UK have suffered from abuse or neglect. NSPCC works to protect children today and to prevent abuse from happening tomorrow. It is an independent charity which receives around 90% of its funding from its supporters.
Child abuse is when a child is intentionally harmed by an adult or another child. This can be over a period of time but can also be a one-off action. It can manifest itself in a variety of ways, be it physical, sexual or emotional, and it can happen in person or online. The NSPCC website tells us that child abuse can also be suffered by lack of love, care and attention – this is neglect.
MTB Solicitors has held a number of events to support NSPCC this year and plans are in place for more events before the year end.
Our solicitor, Enda Lavery, met with Dame Esther Rantzen at the NSPCC event, An Evening with Esther Rantzen, in Belfast. Many will remember Dame Esther as the presenter of BBC television series ‘That’s Life’ from 1973 until 1994. She works with various charitable causes and, in fact, founded the charity, Childline. Childline now has twelve bases around the UK, including two in Northern Ireland. The NSPCC merged with Childline in 2006 enabling it to expand in an effort to meet demand. The helpline has now been copied in 150 countries around the world.
NSPCC are a fantastic charity and we, at MTB, are very proud that they are our chosen charity of 2019. We would encourage everyone to click onto their website to see the great work that they do. Oh, and do not forget to donate!